"I fell in love with this exceptional example by Aldro Hibbard the moment it came through the doors. The palette and brushwork lead me to believe it was painted in the Belmont area circa 1918. His use of stone walls as a compositional device creates dramatic shadows that meander through the foreground, infusing light and interest in what he is best known for portraying: snow. This little gem by the artist was originally sold by my grandfather almost fifty years ago, and we are pleased to be able to offer such a rare and beautiful example once again. ”
- Carey Vose, Director
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Painted around 1918, a date deduced by a smaller, dated scene of the same farm that was on the market many years ago, New England Farm in Winter has the delicate brushwork found in his early work and also demonstrates Hibbard’s brilliance for rendering light and shadow on snow, particularly along the stone wall in the foreground and in the left distance. While the painting bears inscriptions implying a possible Plymouth, Massachusetts, location, our research continues as to whether the homestead is along the South Shore or closer to Hibbard’s neck of the woods in Belmont, where he settled for several years after his return from Europe and found much to inspire him among the rolling fields of the Boston suburb.
York Art Imports, New York, New York
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 23238, April 1970
To private collection, Clarks Green, Pennsylvania, September 1970
By descent to daughter and son-in-law, late 1980s (inherited parents’ home and contents, including the painting)
Upon daughter’s passing, son-in-law remarried and still owned home and contents, including the painting)
Upon son-in-law’s passing, his widow and current owner inherited the home and contents, Clarks Green, Pennsylvania
1). (in pencil on left stretcher) FARM NEW (sic) PLYMOUTH / MASS / BOUGHT IN U.S.A. BY KATHERINE TALBOT
2). (in pencil on top stretcher) East Wind Shore (or Show?) / Plymouth
3). (in pencil on top stretcher) 49